The ‘Explorer Dream’ is the first cruise ship to be certified for infection prevention by DNV GL Photo: Dream Cruises
Dream Cruises’ ‘Explorer Dream’ has become the first cruise ship to receive the Certification in Infection Prevention for the Maritime industry (CIP-M) from classification society, DNV GL.
The Explorer Dream will recommence operations in Taiwan from 26 July 2020, offering ‘Taiwan Island-Hopping’ itineraries. Dream Cruises, owned by Genting Cruise Lines, will be the first cruise line in the world to begin sailing after the global cruise industry was shut down due to the pandemic.
“We are very proud to mark the world’s first CIP-M certification with Genting Cruise Lines,” said Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria, regional manager South East Asia, Pacific & India, DNV GL – Maritime.
“It is encouraging to see that the cruise line has taken a lead in an industry so adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our new certification will help ship operators to restore passenger confidence and restart operations once the situation allows,” she added.
The CIP-M certification program uses DNV GL’s expertise on infection risk management, which has been customised to a maritime-specific standard, including the US CDC Vessel Sanitation Program and incorporates national and industry guidelines.
Measures on board will include mandatory temperature screening and pre-boarding health declarations, higher frequency disinfection for guest cabins and public areas and online check-in and boarding at designated times only. Self-service at buffet restaurants will also be suspended with all food and beverages served by crew wearing face masks and gloves.